IN A POTENTIALLY lucrative move, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny has launched the office of the University of Limerick in China to attract more students from abroad to study here.
Based in Beijing, the office aims to increase UL’s profile in this “key market for the Irish education sector”. UL currently has over 100 Chinese students at undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD level.
The Taoiseach said the opening of this office in Beijing is “a commitment to building vital educational links in China”.
“UL’s partnerships with leading Chinese universities is a great example of an Irish university being an innovative and pioneering leader in education. The exchange of students between UL and China will have benefits for our students and our continued growth,” said Mr Kenny.
UL has forged partnerships with a number of Chinese universities including Jilin University, Tianjin University, Xidian University, the University of Science and Technology Beijing, Tongji University Shanghai.
These partnerships involve joint programmes in the disciplines of financial services, computational finance, software engineering and interactive media.
Vice president academic and registrar, Professor Paul McCutcheon said: “UL’s presence in China provides a gateway for students to pursue their studies at Ireland’s most popular university. Our study abroad programme gives international students a unique opportunity to combine a world-class education which will prepare them to become leaders in the workforce while allowing them to experience the best of Irish culture and the UL student experience.”
The University of Limerick China Office is based in the Chaoyang district in Beijing.
UL’s study abroad programme has welcome in excess of 3000 students since its establishment.